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    PROTESTRA is partnering with director Jennifer Williams to bring her latest devised opera, Dis/Inform, to life at Marc A. Scorca Hall inside OPERA America on May 17, 2024 at 5:00 PM.Β 

    Dis/Inform is a story about the global disinformation crisis told through an intimate, human perspective. It is about a fictional character who is inspired by real-life, anonymized testimonies of individuals in rural America who have been drawn into the alternate realities of disinformation. It traces how they became alienated from their trusted outlets, the fear and isolation that drove them to alternative spheres, and how disinformation reshaped unexpected dimensions of life.

    A β€œdevised opera” presents familiar concepts such as plot line, characters, and a dramatic arc typically seen in traditional operatic compositions. The music, however, is created through a collaborative compositional process in which an ensemble of artists generates a performance through structured improvisation. This method of generating a collaborative musical framework adds to the repertoire in a novel yet sustainable way by establishing a central story and harmonic structure, all the while allowing for each performance of the work to become a one-of-a-kind experience based on the individual interpretation of the performers. Thus, the premiere of Dis/Inform will be unique from its future iterations, but the story and musical structure will remain.

    The inspiration for Dis/Inform originated from Williams’ time spent volunteering with United Vision Project, a nonprofit organization working to forge meaningful dialogue between strangers in a fraught socio-political climate. In that same spirit of using communication as a tool to better understand one another’s unique experiences, the following devising artists will collaborate over the span of one week to conceptualize and create their performance, culminating in an immersive experience for audience and performer alike:

    Jennifer Williams, director
    Jungah Han, visual artist
    Ε½ilvinas JonuΕ‘as, associate designer
    Asa Benally, costume designer
    Noah Mourra, stagehand and installer
    Erin Schwab, soprano
    Shanyse Strickland, horn
    Kayla Williams, viola
    Anthime Miller, cello
    Morgan Parker, percussion

    Space is limited - if you RSVP andΒ find out you can no longer attend the performance, please notify team@protestra.org as soon as possible so that we can open up more seating.

    The development of Dis/Inform is made possible through funding fromΒ OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Women Composers: Discovery GrantsΒ program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

    The liveΒ performance will be recorded and made available for viewing at a later date.

    Click here to access the Dis/Inform press kit

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